age of hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken_newbie, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. chicken_newbie

    chicken_newbie Out Of The Brooder

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    is there a way to tell how old a hen actually is
     
  2. chickensrfood

    chickensrfood Out Of The Brooder

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    Cut her in half and count the rings [​IMG]

    Maybe if you did a DNA test.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Some experts do it by judging the fading of their legs. I am no expert, however, so I have no idea of how they do it.
     
  4. dawg53

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    I've read that on older hens, the scales on their legs are larger and not as smooth like on a pullet. Also their beak is more rounded than a pullet. Tough to tell their exact age though.
     

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